Research:Quilting

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Results of quilting patterns

Results of patterns from various quilting pattern books and patterns. Results are in order from worst to best (partly guessed).

An introduction to patchwork quilting

bonuses[1] Page Result
173 8 It is quilted all over with a pattern of <colour> wavy lines.
195 8 It is quilted with a few lines in <colour> thread.
173 - 213 8 Neat quilting, in the form of <colour> wavy lines, decorates the quilt.
195 - 213 8 It has been artistically quilted with a pattern of <colour> wavy lines.

A Lancrastian Quilt

bonuses Page Result
194 8 A few randomly placed leaves have been quilted on it in <colour> thread.
173 8 It is quilted with a few leaves in <colour> thread.
173 - 213 8 A delicate rambling rose has been quilted on it in <colour>.
173 - 213 8 An elegantly arching rambling rose has been quilted on it in <colour>.
181 8 A lovely rambling rose complete with leaves and delicate buds and flowers has been quilted on it in <colour>.
173 - 213 9 A buzy honey bee, its path picked out in <colour> thread, has been quilted on it.

Quilting patterns for Beginners

bonuses Page Result
56 2 A mess of <colour> thread has been sewn on it in an attempt at quilting.
56 - 213 2 It is quilted with a pattern of <colour> squiggly lines.
168 - 213 2 Random, squiggly lines have been quilted all over it in <colour> thread.
168 - 213 2 It has been quilted all over with a pattern of <colour> squiggly lines.
56 3 The overall design of the quilt has been ruined with a careless attempt at quilting in <colour> thread.
56 3 A mess of <colour> thread has been sewn on it in an attempt at quilting.
168 - 213 3 It is quilted with a few squares in <colour> thread.
168 - 213 3 It has been neatly quilted in a pattern of <colour> squares.
195 - 213 3 Each block has been neatly outlined with quilting in <colour>.
168-213 4 It is quilted with a few diamonds in <colour> thread.
168-201 4 Large diamonds have been quilted all over it in <colour> thread.
168-213 4 It has been neatly quilted in a pattern of <colour> diamonds.
186-213 4 A pretty pattern of large diamonds has been quilted on it in <colour> thread.
168 - 195 5 It is quilted with a few circles in <colour> thread.
168 5 A simple repeating circle pattern has been quilted on it in <colour> thread.
168 - 213 5 It has been neatly quilted with a pattern of <colour> circles.
191 - 213 5 A pretty pattern of repeating circles has been quilted on it in <colour> thread.
195 - 213 5 It has been expertly quilted with a pattern of <colour> circles radiating out from the centre, each one larger than the last.
168 - 195 6 <Colour> love hearts of all sizes have been quilted on it in large stitches.
168 6 It is quilted with a few love hearts in <colour> thread.
168 - 213 6 A beautiful quilted pattern of <colour> love hearts decorates the quilt.

Loose patterns

Loose patterns can sometimes be found in the shop on Loom Alley, in the bags of mystery quilting supplies[2].

bonuses pattern Threads Result
173-213 Ivy 3 It is quilted all over with an ivy pattern in <colour> thread.
202-205 Diagonal lines 3 A few messy lines have been quilted on it in <colour> thread.
[3 struggling]
202-205 Diagonal lines 3 A simple pattern of diagonal lines has been quilted on it in <colour>.
[1 confident/2 struggling, 2 confident/1 struggling, 3 confident]
202-205 Diagonal lines 3 An attractive pattern of <colour> diagonal lines has been quilted on it.
[2 confident/1 struggling, 3 confident]
202-205 Diagonal lines 3 A beautiful pattern of diagonal lines, neatly quilted in <colour> thread, covers the quilt.
[3 confident]
202-205 Diagonal lines 3 A neatly quilted pattern of <colour> diagonal lines covers the entire quilt.
[3 confident]
262 Daisy 3 It is quilted all over with a daisy pattern in green and blue thread.
[3 confident]
TM crafts.materials.needlework increased by 1 level (and bonus 0) to level 171 (and bonus 262)

Descriptions of quilts themselves

This is to try to determine 1)how difficult it is to make different kinds of quilts (including whether it's easier or more difficult to make larger quilts), 2)whether the cr.ar.de skill might play any part, and 3)whether quilts need to be made of certain kinds of blocks to get certain results (this appears to be the case).

As it's been changed recently, old descriptions are in italics. New ones (and ones that are confirmed to still be makeable) aren't.

cr.ma.ne[3] cr.ar.de[4] Long description Composition[5]
0 0 Made from nine blocks, this patchwork quilt, while not a work of art by any stretch of the imagination, will serve its purpose as a bed covering or, perhaps, a pet's blanket. plain (?) only
0 - 102 0 - 145 Made from twelve blocks, this patchwork quilt, while not a work of art by any stretch of the imagination, will serve its purpose as a bed covering or, perhaps, a pet's blanket. plain (?) only
173 - 201 154 - 160 While obviously not made by a master needleworker, this quilt has no doubt taken someone many hours to create. It is made of nine rather quaint blocks. plain (regular) only, appliqued only, appliqued + plain (?)
174 - 195 154 - 158 While obviously not made by a master needleworker, this quilt has no doubt taken someone many hours to create. It is made of twelve rather quaint blocks. plain (?) only, appliqued only, appliqued + plain (?)
202-209 160-175 This rather quaint patchwork quilt has a colour scheme of <colour> and <colour> blocks. plain (patterned + regular); embroidered (patterned + regular)
195 160 Some time has gone into the selection and sewing of the nine blocks that make up this patchwork quilt. plain (regular + patterned; regular) only
195 - 213 160 Some time has gone into the selection and sewing of the twelve blocks that make up this patchwork quilt. plain (regular) only
173-200 154-194 Made of nine blocks, this patchwork quilt has a certain rustic feel to it. It would look quite nice atop a bed in a country cottage or hanging from the wall of a city house. plain (?) only, appliqued only, embroidered only, plain (regular + pattern) + appliqued
174-195 154 Made of twelve blocks, this patchwork quilt has a certain rustic feel to it. It would look quite nice atop a bed in a country cottage or hanging from the wall of a city house. plain (?) only, appliqued only, embroidered only, plain (?) + appliqued
197-201 160 - 174 Made from <colour> blocks, it is obvious that some time has gone into the construction of this <adjective> quilt. It would make quite an attractive feature in any bedroom. plain or appliqued (majority blocks same colour/pattern)
201-283 175 - 273 Made from <colour> and <colour> blocks, it is obvious that some time has gone into the construction of this <adjective> quilt. It would make quite an attractive feature in any bedroom. plain (appliqued (all regular or regular/pattern), embroidered (all regular or regular/pattern)
209 160 Someone has spent quite a lot of time selecting and sewing together the nine <colour> blocks of this <adjective> patchwork quilt. plain only (patterned, all identical; pattern/regular)
173-202 154-175 Someone has spent quite a lot of time selecting and sewing together the nine blocks of this <adjective> patchwork quilt. appliqued only, embroidered only
173 - 195 154 Someone has spent quite a lot of time selecting and sewing together the twelve blocks of this <adjective> patchwork quilt. appliqued only
213 160 Someone has spent quite a lot of time selecting and sewing together the twelve bright green blocks of this quaint patchwork quilt. plain (regular, identical) only
195-213 154-174 This <adjective> patchwork quilt is made up of nine blocks, each sewn together carefully to create an interesting design. appliqued + embroidered, appliqued (patterned + regular) only, appliqued + plain, embroidered only, plain (patterned) only
195-213 154-174 This <adjective> patchwork quilt is made up of twelve blocks, each sewn together carefully to create an interesting design. appliqued + embroidered, appliqued (patterned + regular) only, appliqued + plain, embroidered only, plain (patterned + regular) only, plain (patterned; patterned + 1 normal; normal (all silk)) only
199 171 This quilt has been carefully constructed from nine <'special' color> <material> blocks. The choice of matching both colour and material gives the quilt a certain understated style. appliqued (so far)
[at least 1 pattern block and all blocks same material]
200 174 This quilt has been carefully constructed from nine <color> <material> blocks. The choice of matching both colour and material gives the quilt a certain understated style. appliqued (so far)
[all blocks same color (no pattern) and material]
213 160 A lot of time must have gone into making this lovely patchwork quilt which is made up of twelve blocks. The quality of each block is high and the quilt itself is quite <adjective>. It would be equally at home in an art gallery or hanging from the wall of a stately mansion. embroidered only, appliqued (regular+patterned) only

One Color Quilt Research

Nine identical plain (no pattern, appliqued) black cotton blocks resulted in a black cotton patchwork quilt:

This quilt has been carefully constructed from nine black cotton blocks.  The choice of matching both colour and material gives the quilt a certain understated style.

Nine identical patterned white blocks resulted in a white patchwork quilt:

Someone has spent quite a lot of time selecting and sewing together the nine white blocks of this quaint patchwork quilt.
  • Rustic black patchwork quilt / black
1 patterned = black silk with white plum blossoms
8 normal = black cotton
  • Rustic black patchwork quilt / black
9 normal = 9 black cotton
Received three times...had lots of black cotton blocks to use

Two Color Quilt Research

If majority + 1 can return a <colour> quilt (and appropriate description), what about quilts with two colours in desciption? [for a rustic patchwork quilt - 2 white cotton with flowery print (patterned), 2 white cotton, 3 white silk, 2 green cotton]

Made from white and green blocks, it is obvious that some time has gone into the
construction of this rustic quilt.  It would make quite an attractive feature in any bedroom.
  • Rustic patchwork quilt / deep blue and black
1 patterned = pleated cobalt blue
8 normal = 4 black cotton, 1 black linen, 1 deep blue linen, 1 earthy brown and cloud grey striped cotton, 1 yellow and black checked linen (last two are from a quilting mystery bag, and long/short descriptions same)
Perhaps color #1 was the 5 (majority) black, then randomly picked the deep blue linen?
  • Rustic patchwork quilt / white and blue
9 normal = 8 white linen, 1 blue cotton
  • Decorative patchwork quilt / white and fawn
9 normal = 4 white cotton, 3 white linen, 2 fawn cotton
  • Rustic patchwork quilt / grey and white
9 normal = 3 white cotton, 2 white linen, 4 grey pinstripe cotton
  • Rustic patchwork quilt / beige and white
9 normal = 4 white linen, 3 white cotton, 2 beige cotton
  • Cotton patchwork quilt / green and black
9 normal = 3 green cotton, 6 black cotton
  • Decorative patchwork quilt / red and black
9 normal = 4 red silk, 2 red cotton, 3 black cotton
  • Decorative patchwork quilt / silver and black
9 normal = 5 silver cotton, 4 black velvet
  • Rustic patchwork quilt / red and black
9 normal = 4 black velvet, 5 red cotton
  • Rustic patchwork quilt / white and black
9 normal = 4 black cotton, 2 black silk, 3 white cotton
This rather quaint patchwork quilt has a colour scheme of <colour> and <colour> blocks.
  • Quaint patchwork quilt / white and red
1 patterned = tattered cotton
8 normal = red silk

CONCLUSION - TWO-COLOR QUILT DESCRIPTIONS

Since change...

1. For a two-tone quilt description, blocks can be all regular, all pattern, or a mix thereof

2. The order of colors in the description is likely random (i.e., majority block color does not necessarily come first)

3. One color must have at least 5 blocks of same shade, although not necessarily same material. Second color randomly chosen from remaining colors.

Other

  • It has seemed that as cr.ma.ne has increased, have more often received quilts with <colour> (single or double) in the description. At about 204 bonus, maybe 75-80% at this time? [Groth]

The notes below may or may not still be relevant, as the bug that was giving quilts inappropriate descriptions was fixed. Apparently, "You now need to have at least half + 1 of the blocks as the same (and only) colour for it to show in the short." (I made a few quilts myself to see if I could get one of those, but didn't end up with any quilts that had the colour or material in the short description.) It may or may not matter whether the blocks you're using are new ones or old ones that you stockpiled.


New quilt description. Unsure why it gave a specific colour: only two blocks of the 9 block (all appliqued) quilt - position 7 and 8 - were cobalt blue. There were multiple other colours as well (several red silk, blue silk, and so forth). Perhaps setting same coloured blocks in specific positions or patterns creates different descriptions? Or it could be bonus dependent?

  • Got it again, this time 2 cobalt blocks at the 4 and 5 spots
  • Variation on quilt - 'decorative patchwork quilt' - ...orange and cobalt blue blocks... - orange silk blocks at positions 1/3/4/5 and cobalt blue at 7/8. Theory: two blocks of same color on same row (1-3, 4-6, 7-9) can create a colored quilt? And if more than one color, then color is not seen in the short item description. Addendum: the blocks must be 'special' with longer descriptions? - i.e., cobalt blue are actually pleated cobalt blue from hakamas and orange silk are torn from akomes. Must test!
    • Tried to make a quilt with 1 pleated blue and 8 misc cotton/velvet black blocks. Received a decorative cobalt blue patchwork quilt. Maybe only need 1 'special' block in a quilt? Block was at position 9.
    • Tested with 1 orange silk (from akome) block in a quilt with 8 other various non-special blocks. Received a decorative orange patchwork quilt. Block was at position 2.
  • It does appear that inclusion of at least 1 'special' block can give a different quilt description. Need to test with other than the pleated blue blocks and orange silk akome blocks.
    • Tested with another 'special' block - velvet covered in ankhstones block (red velvet block), from Fancy Ringmaster's Jacket - again, minimum of 1 inclusion results in 'Made from red blocks..." quilt
    • Note that red and blue flannel blocks (red blocks - farmers, others) appear to be an exception to this rule. Obviously not special enough.
  • Variation received - a cobalt blue cotton patchwork quilt - utilizing special blocks and 'cotton'. Be aware that while the quilt was all cotton, it was also only 2 pleated cobalt blue blocks, not 9, despite what the desc says.
    • I got the following, made entirely from white cotton blocks from a patched floral towel ("This quilting block is made from white cotton printed with a floral design."):
Made from white blocks, it is obvious that some time has gone into the construction of this decorative quilt.  It would make quite an attractive feature in any bedroom.
    • ETA: And a similar one (but rustic), this time with only two patterned blocks (position 3 and 4) and with twelve blocks. The rest, unpatterned cotton.
    • Another ("indigo patchwork quilt"): "Someone has spent quite a lot of time selecting and sewing together the nine indigo blocks of this quaint patchwork quilt." Composition: six black cotton blocks, two pale indigo silk blocks, one block that was made from indigo silk spotted with silver stars (position 5).

Additionally, received a "cotton patchwork quilt" (desc type - Made of nine blocks...), but "cotton" did not follow through into the long description. Nine blocks, 7 of which were [black] cotton, all quilt blocks appliqued.

I got a "cotton patchwork quilt" as well, but with a worse description (Made from twelve blocks, this patchwork quilt, while not a work of art by any stretch of the imagination, will serve its purpose as a bed covering or, perhaps, a pet's blanket). Mine was made entirely of plain cotton blocks. ETA: And a similar "flannel patchwork quilt", twelve plain "white flannel" blocks.
  • Tried with orange akome blocks paired with otherwise silk blocks. Received "orange silk patchwork quilt" for the 'understated style' description.
  • Perhaps 'attractive feature' quilt is at least one pattern block mixed with different materials?
  • Perhaps 'understated style' quilt is at least one pattern block and all one material?
  • Perhaps normal quilts with <material> as an adjective are all one material?
  • And the other adjectives (pretty, lovingly crafted, etc) are random
  • Additional: it is still possible to receive the standard quilt descriptions even when one or more patterned blocks are included - maybe fail some sort of design or other check

Footnotes

  1. Range of needlework bonuses the result has been achieved with.
  2. Sometimes these have embroidery patterns or applique patterns instead.
  3. Range of bonuses it's been achieved with.
  4. Range of bonuses it's been achieved with.
  5. "Plain" means blocks that aren't appliqued, embroidered, or special blocks (souvenir blocks or blocks sold in the "special blocks" category in shops). "Plain" blocks may however be ones that were torn from clothing, but have some kind of pattern printed on them (this wasn't noted at first) or something like that. "(patterned)" indicates those, "(regular)" indicates ordinary-looking plain blocks, and "(?)" means it wasn't kept track of.